Listen To Tupac Shakur’s Thoughts On Life, Death, And Racism

In this previously unheard interview, the iconic rapper opened up about everything from his distaste for the media to how he felt like the tragic hero in a Shakespeare play.

1. In 1994, Tupac Shakur, then a rising movie star — starring in films like Poetic Justice and Above the Rim — sat down with journalist Benjamin Svetkey as part of profile piece for Entertainment Weekly.

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2. Never one to mince words, he opened up on a wide range of issues…

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3. …his views on racism, and how if he were white, he would be a hero…

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4. …that “Thug Life” was a necessity. Something that helped empower him…

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5. …how silencing him through imprisonment was the real death sentence…

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6. …his feelings on being used by everyone from the media to the friends he grew up with…

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7. …and that in 10 years he saw himself as dead.

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Tupac was killed 2½ years after the interview.

8. The animated video and interview is part of the PBS Digital Studios excellent series Blank on Blank:

9. Read Benjamin’s profile here.

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